Volunteering is an important way to give back and connect with your community. For some students around the world, donating your time and skills is a requirement for graduation; for others it’s an activity they participate in outside of school. Volunteering is something you can do your entire life. If giving back is important to you, make it a priority when you start your career. There’s a growing trend of organizations and companies giving their employees the encouragement and flexibility in their schedules to volunteer.

Employees at Lenovo are encouraged to volunteer 8 hours per quarter through a volunteer benefit, with additional dollars given that they can award to their favorite charity when hours are logged.

Once a year, Lenovo employees organize a volunteer-led month of service called the “Love on Month of Service”. The 2022 global event stretched for 4 weeks from September 15 – October 15

Lenovo employees provide access to education and technology to those who need it most. This year, 73 offices around the world joined in the effort. Nearly 4,000 employee volunteers gave 16,000+ hours to their local community, directly impacting more than 62,000 individuals through service. This is the sixth year in a row and Lenovo employee volunteers have impacted over a quarter million lives around the world.

“Our impact is a credit to our employees. We have project leaders in offices like Glasgow, Bratislava, Paris, Jakarta and Mexico City who have been leading projects at their sites since 2017,” said Calvin Crosslin, Lenovo Foundation President and a Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Lenovo “Our employees continually demonstrate their appetite to give back, and the Love on Month of Service is about empowering these leaders with the resources they need to make an impact.”

What do you think?

Is volunteering important to you? If yes, what are some of the ways you volunteer your time? Share your response in the comments.

This article originally appeared in StoryHub: https://news.lenovo.com/volunteers-increase-impact-love-on-month-of-service/

Comments

  • Volunteering no matter the cause, is very rewarding, there are so many people that need help out there. Try it and see if you don't get the bug..

  • I'm curious how this works. Are the employees allowed to find their own nonprofit agencies to volunteer at, or is there a pre-approved list? My job did not encourage any volunteer work for employees and I always felt that was a mistake. They should have supported that.

  • A man had fallen coming out of our recreation center.  My wife and I were the only ones that helped him get on his feet and back to his car.  Everyone else were too afraid to touch him before the paramedics came.  This is also a good time to volunteer to be human to each other, people!

  • This is definitely my New Year's Resolution for 2023!

  • Volunteers are vital to so many NFP orgs. 

  • I love that you encourage your employees to volunteer. I love volunteering and it's one of the few ways that I think I can actually impact my community and make a positive difference. I focus on educational opportunities and environmental ones too. One of my favorite things to do is being part of a beach cleanup initiative that we have on the Central Coast of California. :)

  • Yes, volunteering is important to me.  One way I have volunteered is to work with educationally deprived children and tutor them to get them caught up to their peers.

  • Getting students involved in volunteering, giving back to the community helps them establish it as a way of life

  • Pleased to read about such great work by the Lenovo Foundation.  Now if other companies should replicate such wonderful efforts, that would be equally nice to read about.

  • Merry Christmas to all!